The Bauchi State authorities has spent over twenty-seven million Naira to obtain fridges for COVID-19 vaccines within the state.
The state authorities claims the fridges are for use to retailer the 1,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccines that will likely be allotted to the state by the Federal Authorities.
These procurements had been revealed by the Govt Secretary, Bauchi State Main Well being Care Improvement Company (BSHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed in an unique chat with DAILY POST.
He mentioned the state authorities purchased the fridges straight from the producers at the price of N10.5million every, including that they had been put in at the price of N750,000.
The BSPHCDA boss knowledgeable that Bauchi State was prepared for COVID-19 vaccines, including that it had the capability to even retailer the entire 100,000 doses being anticipated.
“All is effectively in Bauchi. After we heard that the Federal Authorities is to obtain about 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine and it required -70 levels, the governor of Bauchi State and his deputy known as us that we’d like these fridges to take care of these vaccines.
“So we swung into motion. We obtained the corporate that equipped -86 fridges. The 2 of them are right here. We put in the 2 of them and they’re working at -86 centigrade. The capability is about 678 litres, each. We now have even the capability to retailer even the vaccines which can be coming into the nation,” Dr Mohammed mentioned.
“We made certain that the 2 of them had been right here even earlier than another states, even earlier than the Federal Authorities. We now have put in the 2 of them. We’re ready.
“Even when they create the vaccines immediately, we’re prepared to gather it. We don’t have any problem. We wish different states to emulate what Bauchi has carried out,” he added.
Mohammed knowledgeable that to make sure that the vaccines are saved on the required temperature, the federal government equally purchased two 10kva stabilizers to provide satisfactory power to energy the fridges.
He knowledgeable that the vaccines coming to the state are meant for well being employees and different front-line employees concerned within the struggle to include the lethal COVID-19 illness within the state.
“The 1,900 vaccine that’s coming to Bauchi State is concentrating on well being employees who’re in danger.
“We now have to hold out what is named mapping of all well being employees in Bauchi State, significantly these managing sufferers on the isolation centres, these going to hold out checks, laboratory employees and people individuals within the airport. These are the individuals they’ve given us the rule of thumb.”
Dr Mohammed lamented that the entire world didn’t anticipate that Covid-19 vaccine can be found and authorized for human use by the World Well being Organisation (WHO), including that for that cause, there was no provision for the vaccines in Bauchi State’s 2021 Appropriation Act.
“There was no finances for corona vaccines in Bauchi State, there was no finances for corona vaccines by the Federal Authorities. The finances was handed with out the anticipation that this vaccine is coming and is authorized by the World Well being Group. So the FG is receiving this vaccine, they’ve to hold out a supplementary finances,” he mentioned.